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A Home that Hibernates Through WinterJérémie Souteyrat /Manuel Tardits

Repository is a home built to withstand the cold of a Hokkaidō winter as well as the sometimes intense heat of its summer. Architect Igarashi Jun’s design is surprisingly bright and open, letting in seasonal sounds and fragrances through much of the year.

A House Open to the ElementsJérémie Souteyrat /Véronique Hours /Fabien Mauduit

Architect couple Kamo Kiwako and Manuel Tardits built their own home in Tokyo as an experiment. They prioritized not everyday comfort, but rather what they could learn by trying to link concrete and nature together.

Best Face Forward: The Magic of Japanese CarpentryAnne Kohtz

Wood is wood, you might think, but a skilled carpenter has many choices to make. How the wood will be used is determined not only by hardness, smell, and color, but also by its keshōmen, the “decorative face” that results from how it is cut from the log.

Karl Bengs: Keeping Memories Alive

German architectural designer Karl Bengs has emerged as a leading voice in the effort to save Japan’s traditional homes and depopulated mountain villages from extinction. Nippon.com recently visited him at his home in the rural Taketokoro district of Niigata Prefecture.

Unique Tokyo Houses Add Individual Touch to City Landscape (Photos)Jérémie Souteyrat

French photographer Jérémie Souteyrat has scoured Tokyo for unique houses and residential scenes. Through his pictures he seeks to convey the individuality of Japanese homes and offer a fresh perspective on the capital.

Alex Kerr: A Taste of a Better JapanKiyono Yumi (Interviewer)

Alex Kerr has spent more than a decade restoring traditional houses in remote parts of Japan and using them to revive local economies. In recent years, he has written acerbic critiques about the destruction of the Japanese landscape, rooted in his expert knowledge of East Asian arts and culture, and continues to work to develop a new approach to Japanese tourism that will tap the potential of the nation’s rich traditions and help to keep them alive for future generations.

Japanese Castles

Many castles were built in Japan during the Warring States period (1467–1568), when regional leaders vied for power. Although a large number were destroyed in the centuries that followed, there are still several fine structures to visit today, including those that have been reconstructed.

Architect Kuma Kengo’s Bank Building Unveiled in Nagoya (News)

Nagoya, June 27 (Jiji Press)—Hekikai Shinkin Bank unveiled Tuesday a new branch building in Nagoya designed by architect Kuma Kengo, the designer for the new National Stadium, the main arena for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Anjō, Aichi Prefecture-based regional bank's seven-story Misono branch building, located in Naka Ward of Nagoya in the same central Japan prefecture, fea…

Inns and Outs: Five “Ryokan” in Tokyo

Tokyo, a city known for its high tech and blazing neon, still has traditional inns tucked away in its back streets that can provide travelers with comforts from an older age. A night at one of these establishments is a great way to top off a long day of seeing the sights. Photographer Andō Seita takes us on a tour of five ryokan that offer guests distinct ways to experience the metropolis.

Umeda Sky Building (Photo Gallery)

Umeda Sky Building is one of Osaka’s most prominent sights. These photographs capture the uniquely designed building and the spectacular view it has of the surrounding urban landscape.

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